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News in brief: Swimming pool to skate park, Alconbury Weald development steps forward

Words: Laura Edgar

News in Brief: Tuesday 18 November, 2011

Lincoln Eastern bypass meeting attended by hundreds

Residents turned out in their hundreds to a meeting being held to ask for changes to be made to plans for Lincoln’s £100 million Eastern Bypass. Campaigners gathered on 14 November to raise their concerns about the road, which will connect the north and south of Lincoln. The plans have changed several times since they were first approved in 2010. At least 3,500 people have signed a petition opposing plans for the partial closure of Hawthorn Road to vehicles and the construction of a footbridge, which they feel should be open to both people and cars. Martin Hill, leader of the county council, explained that if construction on the bypass does not begin soon, there is a possibility that government funding could be lost.

It's backstroke to backside for Bristol pool

A swimming pool in Bishopsworth, Bristol, is to be transformed from its derelict state into an indoor skate park. Campus Skatepark, run by Andre Seidel and Tim Nokes, will cost £300,000 - £40,000 of which still needs to be raised. The building was closed in 2012, with the public expressing during a public consultation that they didn’t want it to be closed down. The new plans for Bishopsworth swimming pool also include a café, meeting room, office areas and trained youth workers. The signing of the lease is in the final stages.

Planning permission secured for site on conservation area

Barton Willmore has secured planning permission on behalf of Taylor Wimpey for 138 residential units on part of Colchester Garrison - land embedded with ancient artefacts. Known as the Flagstaff Complex, the site, which lies south of Colchester town centre, is part of the latest phase of a 2,600 home development called Garrison Urban Village. The 3.2 hectare site sits in a conservation area with several listed buildings alongside the only internationally significant intact Roman Circus in the UK. Lauren Dooley, associate planner at Barton Willmore, said: “This latest phase has been most interesting, given the historic significance. We’ve worked intensively with English Heritage to ensure that the site is developed to preserve and enhance the setting of both of the Scheduled Ancient Monuments, conservation area and listed buildings. In fact, by sympathetically opening up the existing buildings it will allow the Roman Circus to be fully marked out and better revealed, forming part of an attractive landscaped setting.“

Alconbury Weald redevelopment moves forward

David Lock Associates has submitted further details to the district council on the first key phase of development at Urban&Civic’s mixed-use development in Huntingdonshire. The submission follows the recent signing of a section 106 agreement. Part of a development that will be delivered over 20 years, the first phase will comprise 880 dwellings and 80,000 square metres of office space, community facilities, green space and a primary school. Urban&Civic’s project director, Tim Leathes, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the project as we move from the planning stage to delivery.  Thanks to the positive cooperation between U&C, Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council, we have been able to continue the momentum for Alconbury Weald and we fully anticipate being able to commence the first homes on site in summer 2015.”